Are the lpn to bsn programs scams?


At school we had the whole job fair deal and they had one table with a lpn to bsn program. The guy was nice and informative but than later I was told it was a scam that these programs do no exist and are not recognized. I do not understand why the school would allow them to come if it wasn't real but I just want to ask everyone else what they think. Is this true?


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Specializes in Cardiothoracic, Peds CVICU. Has 1 years experience.

Yes, there are SOME programs that are scams. However, any type of nursing program can be a scam, not just LPN-BSN. I'm sure that your school would not have let a LPN-BSN program come if they were a scam... You can do some research on the school and look up their accreditation if you're still wary.

JustBeachyNurse, LPN

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Specializes in Complex pedi to LTC/SA & now a manager. Has 13 years experience.

I'm betting it was a rep from the publishing company called the college network. Do a site search here on and/or on Google to see opinions of others who have experience.

There is a legitimate distance LPN to BSN program at Indiana State University and a few physical schools across the country. The issue is that most LPN programs are vocational in nature not collegiate so few if any of the coursework is transferred to a BSN program.

TheCommuter, BSN, RN

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Specializes in Case mgmt., rehab, (CRRN), LTC & psych. Has 17 years experience.

There are multiple legitimate LPN-to-BSN programs across the US: Indiana State, University of Oklahoma, Tarleton State, and many others.

As the previous poster mentioned, some publishing companies falsely represent themselves as legitimate LPN-to-BSN programs. The publishing companies are the ones with whom you need to exercise caution to avoid becoming disappointed.

Jasel, BSN, RN

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Specializes in Emergency Room. Has 13 years experience.

I have read quite a few horror stories about The College Network. It really does sound like a scam.

ArrowRN, BSN, RN

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Specializes in Med Surg, PCU, Travel. Has 9 years experience.

I always say...choose a public school


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You can call the nurses bored and ask what schools are legit..


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Some are, I was told on Friday that the hospital I was shadowing in doesn't recognize the LPN to BSN from Excelsior college. Best bet is to go through a local college, or do a lot of research by calling the places you may want to work in the future and ask.

JustBeachyNurse, LPN

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Specializes in Complex pedi to LTC/SA & now a manager. Has 13 years experience.

FYI--Excelsior does not offer an LPN to BSN program.


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My mistake, your right she said RN-BSN.


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She also said avoid Indiana State University online LPN-BSN, that the hospital won't recognize that either.


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Specializes in Postpartum. Has 6 years experience.

It depends on what state you are licensed in if ISU is accepted. Some states do allow licensing with their program and some don't. You should check with the board of nursing for the state you want your license in to see if the school you are wanting to attend is on their list of accepted schools. Always do your research and go to the source. Indiana State has a good program for some and it's not right for others. Go to the school's website, not through another company. The College Network is a scam and a half (speaking from experience).